Aroma Therapy

Aroma therapy 

  • It is a form of alternative medicine that uses the natural oils (essential oils) extracted from flowers, bark, stems, leaves, roots or other parts of a plant to enhance psychological and physical well-being.
  • Practitioners of aroma therapy believe that fragrances in the oils stimulate nerves in the nose. Those nerves send impulses to the part of the brain that controls memory and emotion. Depending on the type of oil, the result on the body may be calming or stimulating. Essential oils can also be absorbed through the skin, where they travel through the bloodstream and can promote whole-body healing. It is used for a variety of applications, including pain relief, mood enhancement and increased cognitive function.
  • Aroma therapy does not cure conditions, but it is suggested that it helps the body to find a natural way to cure itself and improve immune response.The essential oils used in aromatherapy have a different composition compared to other herbal products because the distillation used in aroma therapy recovers the lighter phyto molecules.
  • Aroma therapists claim there is a synergy between the body and aromatic oils; however there is no scientific proof that this is the case. Nevertheless, some preliminary clinical studies have revealed positive results.

Modes of application

The modes of application of aroma therapy include:

  • Sprayed in the air or directly inhaled
  • Put on the skin for general massage
  • pour them into bath water

Materials used

Some of the materials employed in aroma therapy include:

  • Essential oils: Fragrant oils extracted from plants chiefly through steam distillation
  • Absolutes: Fragrant oils extracted primarily from flowers or delicate plant tissues through solvent or supercritical fluid extraction
  • Carrier oils: Typically oily plant base that dilute essential oils for use on the skin
  • Herbal distillates or hydrosols: The aqueous by-products of the distillation process
  • Infusions: Aqueous extracts of various plant material
  • Phytoncides: Various volatile organic compounds from plants that kill microbes.
  • Vaporizer (Volatized raw herbs): Typically higher oil content plant based materials dried, crushed, and heated to extract and inhale the aromatic oil vapors in a direct inhalation modality.

Aroma therapy can be used for

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Insomnia
  • Muscular aches
  • Body aches
  • Headaches
  • Circulation problems
  • Digestive problems
  • Menstrual problems
  • Menopausal problems
  • Depression
  • Increasing concentration

Most popular oils

  • Bergamot – said to be useful for the urinary tract and digestive tract. When combined with eucalyptus oil it is said to be good for the skin, and skin problems caused by stress
  • Black pepper – commonly used for stimulating the circulation, muscular aches and pains, and bruises.
  • Citronella oil – this is a relative of lemongrass. It is commonly used as an insect repellent.
  • Clove oil – a topical painkiller commonly used for toothache. It is also used to prevent vomiting and nausea and prevents gas in the gut.
  • Eucalyptus – often used for relief of the airways for people who have a cold or the flu. Commonly combined with peppermint.
  • Geranium oil – this is commonly used as a diuretic (makes you get rid of water from your body),and antiseptic.
  • Jasmin – this is said to have aphrodisiac qualities.
  • Lavender oil – used as an antiseptic and to help relieve headache, migraine symptoms and loss of sleep.
  • Lemon oil – used to give the person a mood-lift,  relieving the symptoms of stress and depression.
  • Sandalwood – has aphrodisiac qualities.
  • Tea tree oil – said to have antimicrobial, antiseptic, and disinfectant qualities. Commonly used in mouth rinses.
  • Thyme oil – said to help fatigue, nervousness and stress.
  • Yarrow oil – used for cold and influenza symptoms. It is said to help reduce joint inflammation.

Risks of Aroma therapy

It is important to follow the product instructions carefully. Concentrated products may be poisonous before dilution and should be handled with care. If you have any of the following conditions you should be extra careful/cautious about aroma therapy.

  • Lung conditions such as asthma, respiratory allergies, or chronic lung disease. Oils may cause airway spasms.
  • Skin allergies. Some oils may cause skin irritation, especially in the membranes of the eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Pregnancy.
  • You suffer from epilepsy
  • You suffer from hypertension (high blood pressure)
  • Children below 5 as they can be very sensitive to oils.

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Comments

  1. Chirag on May 17, 2014 at 1:10 pm said:

    Do you sell these things online as well??

  2. Chirag on May 12, 2014 at 7:24 pm said:

    I have been facing the problem of cold and running nose quiet frequently, specially during morning and late evening. Is there any solution to get rid of this permanently?

  3. Prabhu on May 12, 2014 at 12:26 pm said:

    Hi Anita,
    I will try this therapy but can you please tell me what is go ghrit? Is it a special ghee available in market?
    Thanks,
    Prabhu

    • Hello Prabhu
      go ghrit is cow’s ghee in hindi. its always better if u use it fresh, in case u can’t manage it fresh u can even go for Buffalo’s ghee. even if u cant get that too then go for packed cow’s ghee. It is the same ghee which we use for eating.

      Dr Anita

  4. Prabhu on May 9, 2014 at 11:42 am said:

    I have a consistent problem of headache. What should i do to control it.

    • Hello Prabhu
      i’ll suggest u to put 2 drops of cow’s ghee (go ghrit) three times in a day in both nostrils. Dont get up immediately, feel the ghrit going down and its smell – the aroma rising up to ur brain. U’ll feel very relaxed and ur headache will vanish in just a day or two.
      Take care
      Dr Anita

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